precise

[[t]prɪsa͟ɪs[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You use precise to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing, rather than something vague.

I can remember the precise moment when my daughter came to see me and her new baby brother in hospital...

The precise location of the wreck was discovered in 1988...

He was not clear on the precise nature of his mission...

We will never know the precise details of his death.

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2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is precise is exact and accurate in all its details.

They speak very precise English...

He does not talk too much and what he has to say is precise and to the point.

3) PHRASE: cl/group PHR You say `to be precise' to indicate that you are giving more detailed or accurate information than you have just given.

More than a week ago, Thursday evening to be precise, Susanne was at her evening class...

The restaurant in which we ate that night had more people in it at 11pm, 51 more to be precise, than it did at 10pm.


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  • Precise — Pre*cise , a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. pr[ e]cis. Cf. {Concise}.] 1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precise — ► ADJECTIVE 1) marked by exactness of expression or detail. 2) very attentive to detail. 3) exact; particular: at that precise moment. DERIVATIVES precisely adverb preciseness noun. USAGE Strictly speaking, pre …   English terms dictionary

  • precise — [adj1] exact, accurate absolute, actual, categorical, circumscribed, clear cut, correct, decisive, definite, determinate, explicit, express, fixed, individual, limited, literal, narrow, nice, on the button*, on the money*, on the nose*,… …   New thesaurus

  • precise — [prē sīs′, prisīs′] adj. [MFr précis < L praecisus, pp. of praecidere, to cut off, be brief < prae , before (see PRE ) + caedere, to cut (see CIDE)] 1. strictly defined; accurately stated; definite 2. speaking definitely or distinctly 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • precise — I adjective accurate, careful, clean cut, clear cut, close, correct, critical, defined, definite, detailed, determinate, diligens, distinct, elegans, even, exact, explicit, express, faithful, fastidious, faultless, finical, finicky, flawless,… …   Law dictionary

  • précisé — précisé, ée (pré si zé, zée) part. passé de préciser. Une époque précisée. Des circonstances précisées …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • precise — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. précis condensed, cut short (14c.), from M.L. precisus, from L. praecisus abridged, cut off, pp. of praecidere to cut off, shorten, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + caedere to cut (see CEMENT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • precise — exact, accurate, Correct, nice, right Analogous words: definite, express, Cxplicit: strict, *rigid, rigorous, stringent Antonyms: loose Contrasted words: lax, slack (see LOOSE): Careless, heedless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precise — pre|cise W3 [prıˈsaıs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: précis, from Latin praecisus, from praecidere to cut off ] 1.) precise information, details etc are exact, clear, and correct = ↑exact ▪ precise sales figures ▪ It was difficult to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • precise — pre|cise [ prı saıs ] adjective * 1. ) exact and accurate: Lara was able to tell me everything that had happened in precise detail. There is no precise definition of a storm. Can you be a little more precise? The precise date and place of his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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